A ’70s Throwback Is The Hottest Show Streaming Today

Daisy Jones & the Six is streaming in the top 10.

By Britta DeVore | Published

With shows like That ‘90s Show and its predecessor That ‘70s Show nabbing major ratings, it’s clear that everyone loves a throwback. Everyone also loves a good book-to-on-screen adaptation, and that’s exactly what Prime Video is finding to be true with their drama-filled musical series Daisy Jones & the Six as, according to FlixPatrol, the streamer’s latest scripted project has quickly climbed the charts to find itself amidst the Top 10. With a well-written storyline filled with sex, drugs, rock n’ roll, and a band with a tangled web of interpersonal relationships, it’s no surprise why the title has quickly become a success for the streamer.

In Daisy Jones & the Six, audiences tag along as a band made famous in the 1970s sit down in the future to share their story in mockumentary form. Taking us back to where it all began, the cameras depict the titular band’s rise to fame and fortune and all the drama and mistakes along the way. The show is based on Taylor Jenkins Reid’s New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, which was published in 2019.

At the heart of Daisy Jones & the Six is Riley Keough, who plays the titular band leader, and Sam Claflin, who plays Billy Dunne, Daisy’s co-frontperson. Much of the story focuses on the tangled relationship built between the two stars as their love/hate relationship puts a constant strain on the band, especially during the peak of their career. Adding a little real-life music history to it all, Keough is the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, so that’s actually her singing in the show, as is true for the rest of the members of the band, who all sang and played their own instruments. 

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Along with Claflin and Keough, Daisy Jones & the Six also stars Camila Morrone (Bukowski), Sebastian Chacon (Narcos), Timothy Olyphant (Santa Clarita Diet), Will Harrison (Madam Secretary), Josh Whitehouse (Valley Girl), Jacqueline Obradors (Unstoppable), Nabiyah Be (Black Panther), and Tom Wright (Troop Beverly Hills). So far, the 10-episode limited series is drawing in a mix of reviews from critics who are enjoying the performances of the leading cast members but aren’t completely sold on the way the script was fleshed out. The title currently holds a 74% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

If you’re a fan of classic rock and, in particular, music from the 1970s (guilty!), then the plot of Daisy Jones & the Six may sound more than a little bit familiar to you. And, if you were thinking it had all the major plot points of the drama behind the legendary Fleetwood Mac, you would be correct. As fans will know, the band made famous for hits including “Rhiannon,” “Go Your Own Way,” and “The Chain” had a very complicated dynamic that was fueled with romantic relationships jumping from bandmate to bandmate. 

Just like in Daisy Jones & the Six, the two leading members of Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, were romantically connected, in fact, the duo joined the already established band as a couple when the group was turning their sound from blues to rock. While they would begin their journey to fame with 1975’s self-titled album, it was with 1977’s Rumours that the band really took off. It’s also when things began to go off the deep end as almost all of the Nicks or Buckingham-penned songs on the album are about the other one as the couple was going through a nasty breakup during this time that saw a lot of drug usage and cheating.

The book’s original author, Taylor Jenkins Reid, has previously said that she was inspired to write Daisy Jones & the Six because of the complicated interpersonal dynamics in Fleetwood Mac. And, while some may be torn on how the story jumped off the pages and onto the screen, if you’re in for rock n’ roll and drama, you can now catch the series streaming on Prime Video.